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Daood Butt

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This talk was given at the Al Falah Islamic Centre on May 19, 2017

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Mashal? Lots a lot of cola, it feels like I've been away for a year. Don't say I have, please don't do that. hamdulillah it's nice to be here. It's nice to see that there's such a big crowd of people Masha, Allah, Allah, this is your community. This is our community. In fact, this is a blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala to see so many youth here as well. And when I say youth, I don't just mean you know, kids under 10 I also mean those that are under 50 and 60. Right, anyone who's over 60 May Allah subhana wa Adana bless you you finally entered into puberty

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haven't been in LA, but no so Pamela it's a beautiful thing to see and somehow part of our Deen is to get together right our Deen itself also kind of with Adam focuses on the oma and you know, uses this word oma to explain or to describe who we are and so kind of the oma itself is a nation of people who come together and not from any specific nation. Right We are believers in a loss of habitat and we come together for the sake of pleasing Allah subhanho wa Tada. But today we're here for the sake of understanding more of course we're here for other reasons to worship Allah subhana wa tada for Sunnah and so on and so forth, but also to learn about Ramadan. What exactly do we need

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to do first of all to prepare for this month of Ramadan and it's coming very quickly in sha Allah method commercial a lot a lot of combat. Yes, we need to fast go to hamdulillah but we're going to take those questions after right. You get one of these after inshallah, okay, does that come? Okay? Well, what do we need to do in order to prepare for this month of Ramadan? There's only a week left until we enter this month. And you know, today was a reminder and highlights shift use of Baghdad. In Islamic foundation. He seemed his drama hook was actually on my way to the east side of Toronto, and I stopped in there for joumana and he themed his drama football along the Qibla for when the

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wedge hockey Chaparral masjidul, how wrong how Allah Subhana Allah to Allah during this month change the good luck, from where, to where, who knows? From no not from the Kaaba, from where to where

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muster the luck saw to

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the carrabba Very good. But one of the things that he highlighted some kind of love was the fact that the profits in the long run and he listened them would prepare and would plan and that's exactly what we're doing. We're preparing and planning for the month of Ramadan. And in order to save time, because I know Mashallah lots of articles, we have dinner afterwards as well. One of the things that I like to do in preparation for the month of Ramadan is to go right to the end of it. Now, a lot of people worry about the first day the second day in the third day of Ramadan, because we're worried about fasting and we're worried about how long the days are going to be. Can I fast

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for 17 hours? Am I going to survive fasting for 17 hours? Will I have a headache? Will I have coffee withdrawal? What do I need my giant my pond right? Am I going to survive without having you know my ladoos and stuff like that after my lunch or whatever the case is, but somehow I don't know many of us forget that. A huge part of Ramadan is to maximize from the entire month. And a lot of Muslims fail to worship Allah Subhana Allah to add it at their full capacity or to their full potential during the last few days of Ramadan, which are the most blessing and most beneficial days and nights of the month, right in particular than nights. And so we see some hannula in order to maximize from

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the last 10 days of Ramadan. We go straight to the day read and we didn't even start Ramadan yet. So one week before the day of Ramadan begins. We are we are already talking about read Why are we talking about aid? Does anyone know why we're talking about?

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We're gonna eat video honey, no, no. Why are we talking about aid?

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Because after all move on its aid. Sort of you heard me say this before it didn't you? Yeah, why?

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Exactly. What happens in the 20 on the 27th 28th 29th and possibly the 30th many people are so busy preparing for eat, cooking food, right? preparing all those nice types of foods, getting their clothing ready, especially the Sisters of Allah May Allah Subhana Allah have mercy upon them. And may Allah Subhana Allah data guide us as husbands, right? I mean

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Everyone's like, No, no, we don't say I mean, right? No, we say I mean, because some kind of low we put so much of a burden upon our sisters during the month of Ramadan, that it at times becomes too much for them and they lose the actual benefit or they lose that feeling and emotion of Ramadan because they feel you know what there's, I'm just serving everyone else. What am I getting out of this, I'm not reciting any code and I'm not you know doing anything more than fasting. Some of them can't even make it for Tada, we because they have little children, and you know, some kind of love. They're just stuck at home, looking after the children looking after food, looking after whatever

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the needs are at home. So we fast forward to the end of the month, we look at our need in order to make sure that we're not busy on the last few days of Ramadan. We prepared today and for the next few days for the David Reed. Get your clothing ready. Whatever you're going to wear your suit your squad come easier. thobe your hotel, your mama your hijab, your I buy whatever you're going to wear on the day of read, get it ready now. Iron it's dry, clean it, hang it up, put it somewhere nice, then look at your foods, what do I need, what types of groceries Am I going to need, get that, put it in your fridge, stick it in your freezer, get it ready, Alhamdulillah it's out of the way. Now

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you're going to be a little bit more ready for Ramadan. Then we work our way backwards again, after eat. What are we going to talk about?

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Laila to Qatar? Not yet. We're going to talk about the last 10 nights in general. Yes, Laila to Qatar is found in the last 10 nights. But what we're focusing on here is because the last 10 nights contains Layla Takada. And we don't know which one of the last 10 nights it is. So we want to maximize from those last 10 nights and everyone knows at the end of the month, we want to give it all that we've got. But what do we do?

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Before we tire ourselves out before the last 10 days even come? So in the first 10 days, and the next 10 days, the first 20 days of Ramadan, we're so tired, we're so exhausted, we're fasting and we're not used to fasting for 20 days consecutively. And the last 10 nights come around and we're exhausted. Now we need some extra sleep. Now we need some extra nutrition. Now we need to you know do some people even make to our love Please make this month go fast is too long now, right? So have a look. But that's because we didn't plan and we didn't prepare enough in advance. And the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is to plan and prepare. And this is a time when the Prophet

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sent along I think he was sending in the last 10 nights he would you know, tie his loincloth tighter as in he would get ready. Right? He would get ready for these last 10 nights. It's no not time for family. Now. It's not time to do you know things together, it's time to be in their ibadah on an individual basis. Now, how does a person prepare for that rabada on an individual basis, we move back to the first 10 or 20 days of Ramadan. Those first 20 days of Ramadan are so important that we need to maintain the regular routine so that we can actually give it a little bit more throughout the last 10 days of Ramadan. Okay, we need to give more throughout the last 10 days of Ramadan. So

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the first 20 days, make sure we don't overdo it. Go to the beginning now, the first few days of the month. Is it normal to feel a headache? Probably people are not used to fasting regularly. Is it normal to crave to have food? Yes. Is it normal to feel like you're going to faint? Yes. Is it normal for someone to feel as though they're not going to be able to fast this entire month of Ramadan? Yes. It's because we're not being patient enough. We're not giving it what Allah subhanho wa Taala wants from us. And he says clear the insula to the Bukhara as we heard some of the verses being recited during sauna, Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says

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on Allah Subhana which Allah as we see every single year we highlight the same verses right? But Allah subhana wa tada is teaching us something interesting. He says, Yeah, you're Latina, Amano quotevalet como psyllium Oh, you who believe Allah subhana wa Jalla has prescribed or in fact, not only prescribed because sometimes we get a prescription and we don't fill it right. We don't fulfill the prescription. But Allah Subhana which Allah has made fasting compulsory upon us, as it was made upon the previous nations as well. Why? He says Now I'll come to Turku takuan what is taqwa?

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Gift

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Could be what is taqwa?

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Okay, what is Taka?

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Sorry.

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the oneness of Allah.

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fear of Allah, fear of Allah.

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love for Allah. Good Mashallah piety very good. What else? Anyone else? who answered I'm supposed to give these out? Raise your hand whoever said something already Hey, here you go catch someone over here said something you did. You said something before sorry Mashallah Malik Malik wake up there you go. That's here since you want it so badly you can have it to

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Mashallah You didn't say anything yet?

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being conscious of Allah subhana wa Adana. Okay, whoever sitting around you be careful. I saw lots of Attica LA, Uncle in the back. I'm not going to throw this at you because this something dangerous is going to happen, but you can come and get it later. That's for you inshallah, who else raised their hands earlier earlier as well.

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hamdulillah good. What is what is taqwa?

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Hmm, fear of Allah good. So Allah subhana wa tada made fasting for us throughout the month of Ramadan so that we can be scared of Allah good, perfect, right? I'm so happy and energized and ready to fast this month of Ramadan because Allah wants me to be scared, right? Wrong. Allah doesn't want us to be scared of him generally just like that. For no absolute reason. Part of taqwa. Yes. Is fearing being punished by Allah subhanho wa Taala Anna if we do something wrong, no doubt. But taqwa of Allah subhanho wa Taala is consciousness of Allah, being aware of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is important because Allah Subhana Allah says in these verses lair Allah, Tata Poon, so that

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you may have or itch so that it should be that you gain taqwa, throat fasting, but not only fasting this month of Ramadan brings nearness to Allah subhanho wa Taala because while we're fasting, we feel connected to online. I feel scared to do something wrong. I know Allah subhana wa tada is aware of my actions. He's aware of my speech he's aware of where I'm even going. And if we fast forward two verses, Allah subhana wa tada then says in verse number 186, he says, what he says kariba de Allah subhanho wa Taala says this about you and I, he says, he does Salah carry baddie.

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When one of our people us worshippers of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah asks upon him, he says, what he does anybody

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in any party almost says that he is near. What is the connection there we mentioned taqwa consciousness of Allah and nearness of Allah subhana wa Tada. What does he say after that?

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Oh, gee boo. downlighter either.

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Good, very good. laleham you're shooting? Allah subhanho wa Taala says he does like everybody I need for any corrib Wu Ji Buddha to die. I answered the call of the person who's asking from me when they ask. Now that shows nearness to Allah subhana wa Adana connection with Allah He wants us to ask and throughout this month of Ramadan many of us we failed to actually ask Allah Subhana Allah for things we spend so much time doing what what do we do during Ramadan? Tell me quick quick off the top of your head. What do we do during Ramadan?

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No, no no no you're taking too long. What do we do off the top of your head during the month of Ramadan? Hey.

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louder louder please sleep Mashallah.

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What else do we do?

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read Quran read Quran

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fast. Mashallah. Tara we

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who thought of Tara we raise your hand Oh Mashallah, who thought of sleeping raise your hand

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who thought of fasting raise your hand Subhana Allah throughout the month of Ramadan, we spend so much time doing things that everyone else is doing. And this shows us how the prophets of Allah and he was Salaam. He came out to pray taraweeh on the first night with the Sahaba of the Longhorn home, and he came out on the second night to pray tada we with the Sahaba during the month of Ramadan, and then what happened on the third night? He came out. Did he come out? No, he didn't. Why didn't he come out?

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam indicated to us they're not showing us that we don't have to pray tada we know because we know that he prayed we know that he's, he strove really hard throughout the month of Ramadan, but he showed us that you need to focus on yourself. The month of Ramadan is focusing on your connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala Am I connecting with him? How am I connecting with him? What am I doing in order to connect to a loss of Hannah who are to Allah? And we know Allah Subhana Allah mentions in the verse shahidul and on mobile and then lady, Xena Fie Hill born.

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Why did Allah subhanho wa Taala reveal the Quran within us guidance for us? Now Allah subhanho wa Taala says that this month of Ramadan is the month where not this month is coming but through the month of Ramadan. It's a time when the Quran was revealed to us right now the month of the Quran is the month of Ramadan. What do we do throughout the month of Ramadan? Do we read the Quran? Yeah, we do. But do we read the Quran?

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No, we don't. One of the biggest mistakes that we make throughout the month of Ramadan is that we spend too much time speed reading through the Quran. Right? That means our

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mattina Latino

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or Latina you know what I was in

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New Canaan so fast. No one even knows what they said not even the person reading. Now I'm not talking about are we not at all. I'm talking about our own recitation of the Quran. How many people try Don't raise your hands think how many people try to finish the Quran. Once throughout the month of Ramadan as in they're going to make that a goal for themselves to read a Jews or a sea pada every single day throughout the month many people almost every single one of us wants to finish the Quran throughout the month of Ramadan, which is a good deed Alhamdulillah that's great. But one of the points of the month of Ramadan is to set a stepping stone set a stepping stone for us throughout the

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entire year. Just like throughout the week we have Jew Maha

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which increases our Eamon brings us back onto track throughout the year we have Ramadan and a loss of handle that Allah brings us back on to track throughout our life What do we have we have had once it only needs to be done once compulsory after that you don't need to do it you can if you want but it's once that it's compulsory. And so there are things that Allah subhanho wa Taala set for us as stepping stones. The point of Ramadan is to raise your Iman and maintain it for 11 months. So ask yourself tonight What have you done today from the time that you woke up this morning until now throughout the day that you established as a new routine in your life during last year's Ramadan

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Has anyone can anyone without telling us what it is just raise your hand if you have established something last year Ramadan that you maintained throughout the year until this Ramadan anyone 1234567 good a lot of the youth Mashallah I'm hoping you're actually doing that right. What I mean by this is nobody reads a Jews of the Quran throughout the entire month of Ramadan and still reads a Joseph the Quran on the day of eat.

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Right? No one does that. On the day of read. We're all worried about food and batarfi and flour and cups and the Yanina and all these nice foods from Hamlet, everyone's thinking of food and clothing. That's the two things we think of on the day of eat food, clothing and family right. But some kind of love part of the month of Ramadan is to make sure that we establish something that continues after the month is over. And on the day of eat. If we are not maintaining the routine that we built throughout the month of Ramadan, we probably will not do it the day after eat as well. Which means we technically failed at establishing something in our lives throughout the month of Ramadan. We

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failed.

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So this year, you choose three things maximum. One thing minimum. And for example, if your item that you choose to do throughout this month of Ramadan is the recitation of the Quran, then don't read a juice of the Quran every single day and say oh after Ramadan, I'm going to read it just because you know yourself you you probably can't. Not many people can read an entire juice of the Quran every single day for the next 11 months. But throughout the month of Ramadan

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We want you to excel. We want all of us to excel at reading the Quran. So if you read a Joe's great, perfect, no one is saying that's wrong. No one is saying that's bad. No one is saying not to do it. But at the end of reading that one Joseph McMullen on the first day of Ramadan, go back to the very first page of the Koran and read that first page. What's on the first page of the Koran,

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Sudoku Fatiha? Is it hard to read sort of Fatiha? No, it's not. But begin as that. Begin with that as being your goal that you set for the year. On the second day of Ramadan, you're going to read the second Jews of the Quran or the second supatra of the Quran. When you're finished that if that's what you're going to read, if you're going to read a Jew is fine if you're going to read less than a Jew is fine. Whatever it is you plan on reading for the day of Ramadan, go back to the beginning of the Quran. And on the second day, read the second page of record on.

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On the third day you're going to read your third Jews of the Quran. Go back to the third page of the Quran and read the third page of the Koran. At the end of the month of Ramadan. How many pages would you have read the whole Quran and 30 pages of the Quran on the day of read after Selena Vaughn ossur Muslim Aisha, in the middle of the night you come home sitting in your car maybe right you go into someone's house, you stop the car, you park it, you say you know what you tell your family just a second, you open up your application on your phone, you read that one page of liquid on the 31st page of the Koran. On the next day after the 32nd page. On the next day the 33rd page you set

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something that you know it's a realistic goal that you can achieve and maintain throughout the year then you would have achieved something great throughout the month of Ramadan. Why? Because the month of Ramadan is not only a time for us to excel in our data, and then plumb it once it's over. It's to excel in our a bada to a level that we can maintain consistently throughout the year.

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Another good deed that we can do for example, as an example, I'm not telling everyone to just read one page report. As an example, you want to be someone who gives sadaqa regularly tell yourself you know what, every Friday during Ramadan, after Juma I'm going to put let's say $20 or $5, whatever you're capable of doing in the donation box, whether it's for sadaqa, whether it's for the masjid maintenance, whether it's for you know, whatever, whatever it is, right? You put that in the donation box, maybe it's every Friday, maybe throughout Ramadan, every single nights when you go to the masjid, you take $1 a loony out of your pocket and you put it in the donation box is that

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something realistic that we can do throughout the year, of course, many people go to Tim Hortons and they buy $1 50 $1 60 coffee, and they buy maybe two or three or four a day. Sometimes they're with their family and they buy maybe six or seven, two or three times a day. And then somehow they don't realize how much money we've given to Tim Hortons at the end of the day. But if we were to give $1 a day for the sake of Allah subhana wa tada and we maintain it throughout the entire year. That means we've consistently given sadaqa every single day for the rest of our lives because we maintain it not only for a year for the rest of our lives, and it's written in our books that we've given

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Southern on a consistent basis every single day and how much does it cost us $365 a year nothing absolutely nothing. Now let's move towards the day of Ramadan. right because we want to also learn about what we're supposed to do on a daily basis throughout Ramadan.

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A huge huge aspect of Ramadan is is thought

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before even so it's a thought which it should be the opposite because so what is technically more important than if thought because so what are the profits in the long run? How do you assign them says I have so make sure that you eat some food or say it right in the morning. Okay, make sure you get up and you have something to eat. Because the profits on the long run and he was selling them says for in the freezer food in sir food itself is Baraka. Now we don't realize when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that there's Baraka in Soho. It could even be a date or two or three,

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that you eat a date, or two or three dates. And that's it. That's enough for you. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala will put Baraka in that and the connection that we make with Sahil and Baraka is a connection with Soho and sleep. Many people skip Soho because they are concerned about their sleep. Is that true?

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Is that true? Of course it's true. Many people will skip waking up first. Because they're so concerned about their sleep, I need to sleep I don't have time for so who if I just have a child before going to sleep after that I am good. I will wake up

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Then go to work everything's fine No, no have circled have Soho there's Baraka in it. Why? Because you might be thinking of your sleep. Don't you think the owner of Baraka is capable of putting Buttercup in our sleep as well? Of course, of course. Baraka is an abundance. Baraka is like sleeping three hours, but your body feels like you slept for eight. That's Baraka that Allah subhana wa tada puts energy puts more puts in abundance puts extra of something in something for you, whether it's your food, whether it's your sleep, whether it's your quote, on recitation, whether it's your time, whether it's your your family, your sadaqa, etc. Allah subhanho wa Taala puts more

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in it for you Even though you only gave a little bit. And so part of Ramadan is to ask a law to get closer to him either. Everybody underneath in the corrib eg Buddha or with a dairy that says I answered the door of a person of someone who calls upon me when they ask, so ask Allah from now Allah put Baraka in my sleep throat on a bond. The days are long we live in Canada Yella, how are we supposed to do this? The prophets of Allah and he was some of them never felt what we feel during Ramadan, as in, he didn't go through long hours. Don't get me wrong. Sometimes a prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam only had a date or a sip of water. And that was all that he owned. That was all

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that he possessed. Right? He did go through hardships, he did struggle, but he didn't fast the long amount of hours that we did because in Arabia, they don't fast 17 hours a day. It's a lot less than that 1718 in some parts of Canada up to 21 hours, so kind of about 21 or 22 hours. I know some of the brothers in Fort McMurray shakeup that Armand monado was telling me the sun comes down to the horizon for about I think last year he said 38 minutes and goes right back up. Imagine that so Pamela, where's Where is slots on buffet food right after if thought and Aisha and Tara we and you know Pam, Elaine and more called on and then saw her and then fudger in 38 minutes, you can't do

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that. Right? So Subhana Allah Allah puts Baraka in our time, he puts Baraka in our sleep, he puts Baraka in our food, etc. Now, we said we were going to talk about if thought, but we ended up talking about Soho. Now we will talk about his thought if thought is absolutely important. In fact, one of the most beautiful things of his thought is this or this or you know, a gift or a date or something, when you give to someone else to break their fast if thought time, Allah subhanho wa Taala gives for you the reward of the person who's breaking their fast off what you provided for them without taking the reward away from them as well. So he multiplies the reward. Now we can be

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greedy and just say, you know, I fasted I'm gonna break my fast or I can share with someone, my date, and that person can take from their dates, for example, or whatever they're going to have, if thought with and give it to me, and we now multiplied our fast by my fast my reward, his reward, I got his reward, he got my reward. You see how merciful Allah subhana wa tada is how generous Allah subhana wa tada is. Now imagine if you're the person who's putting a date or putting down food on the sofa for like everyone sitting here.

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Imagine the reward of that person, mail every single person exchanges a date with another person, then that person exchanges a date with the person next to them and they exchange a date with the person to the other side of them. And then they exchange a date with the person behind them. We've multiplied the reward somehow, without even imagine we can't even calculate how much but Allah subhana wa tada gives it, he multiplies it. Why? Because Allah wants hired for us. He wants Baraka for us. He wants us to benefit from this month of Ramadan. Right? If thought one of the biggest problems is that we waste we waste

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and Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in the Quran

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about the mustard.

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Yeah, Bernie.

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Hello, Xena.

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Lemus Jaden wakulla.

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to sniff in

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your head

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reefy in a lot Allah Subhana Allah Allah tells us to benefit from the masjid however you want to benefit from the masjid who luzina took home and couldn't the masjid benefit yourself increase in your EMA and that Zina that's beautifying yourself, but we're not focusing on that tonight. We're focusing on his off, he says what kulu or shabu Eat, drink 1234 Don't waste in India who lay your head will Musashi.

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which Allah does not like those who waste. And so throughout the month of Ramadan, let's try not to waste. When we're having a thought even though we've been fasting all day our stomachs shrink, they shrink. And we know for those that attend our halaqa regularly on Fridays, we mentioned about a month ago the size of our stomach, how big is our stomach?

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Right? Some doctors say it's the size of a fist. Others say it's the size of your fist with your fingers over, it's just a little bit bigger than your fist. That's the size of your stomach when it's not stretched. Now a person's thinking, well wait a second, I just came from a burger restaurant, how did I fit that massive burger in my stomach, if my stomach is only the size of my fist, that's because you stretched your stomach in order to fit the burger in it. But throughout Ramadan, because we're not eating anything, our stomach shrinks back to normal size. So technically, we're not we can't even eat much. And the worst of the worst of the worst thing, some kind of law is

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to see when we get together for a thought. And people take lots of food, and then they throw it in the garbage. Or they leave their plates on the table or on the sofa, right on the desk, the Hon, they leave their food sitting there for someone else to come and pick it up and put it in the garbage. Don't waste. Allah subhanho wa Taala does not like those who waste. So this month of Ramadan, don't waste your food. And don't waste your time and don't waste your energy on things that you don't need to waste your time on. Okay, so that's food. But there's another element of thought that we're missing out on. And that's the element of brotherhood and sisterhood. Many people forget

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to invite people they don't know. First off,

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don't just invite your friends don't just invite you know, people that you know, I get loads of invitations and hamdulillah. The past two of them are bonds because of this Masjid. And because of the brothers and the sisters who come regularly throughout Ramadan in this Masjid, they have saved me and made it difficult for me at the same time. they've saved me from accepting like an invitation every single night. But they've made it difficult for me because I've had to reject an invitation almost every single night as well. But that's only because we were committed to something we were committed to learning. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for his thought would not just

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invite his friends, or not just sit down and have a thought with friends and people that he knows the Sahaba of the Aloma and whom would have loads of people around that they didn't know so well. Not their Best friends All the time. And that's what we need to do. Remember, on the day of aid,

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when you were a student, in a different city, in a different country, possibly, or maybe just far away from family, and you could not enjoy read with your family.

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Now there are hundreds of people in every single community who are new Muslims, or don't have any Muslim family members around, and they don't have anywhere to go on the day of read. That's a sad moment that's read. It's supposed to be a happy moment. But remember that every single day throughout Ramadan, there are those same people who don't have anyone to share his thought with no one's there. They have no no close friends that invite them. They might have been Muslim for just a few hours. And then Ramadan began and no one invites them. No one says no one even thinks of them. Or you have some kind of less so many refugees that we've been helping Syrian refugees, people who

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come from other countries settling here in Canada, we should be inviting them into our homes, not the regular people who always eat from our food, but invite the people who don't always eat from our food. That's an amazing thing to do. Opening the hearts of ourselves with the hearts of others in our community. Another thing that we will focus on with regards to Ramadan and sha Allah who Tada.

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And I want to actually know I think we will stop there because I want I want to open it for some questions. We only have about 10 minutes before I need to stop technically. Alright, so we'll stop there. But we'll open it up for some questions because I know many of you have some questions that you want to ask. Okay. Are you asking because you want chocolate or

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how are you?

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Oh,

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good. How can fasting really boost my email or my taqwa very good. First of all fasting as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam teaches us Allah says that fasting is for me, as in it's for him.

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A person only fasts for the sake of pleasing Allah subhanho wa Taala

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Now fasting itself is not just cutting off from food. It's cutting off from anything that Allah dislikes. Fasting is technically the reminder that I know I'm feeling the hunger inside of me. It's kind of like, you know, when someone lies or someone, you know, tells a lie or something and they put an elastic around their wrist. And every time they lie the parents taken and snap it, Oh, you like punishment, punishment, right? or someone you know, says something bad, they punish themselves. Now, fasting is not a punishment, but it's a reminder, it's something that's constantly there. So that in itself is not that we will gain taqwa solely through fasting. But fasting is a means to

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acquiring taqwa. Because I'm remembering. I'm fasting for the sake of pleasing Allah, so I can't lie. I'm fasting for the sake of pleasing Allah. So I can't cheat. I should not cut someone off on the highway, I should be as honest as I possibly can. I tried to maintain all of the levels of amen that I could possibly maintain, even removing something that's harmful from the road. And through that, through that, the fasting becomes a means of increasing our taqwa. So the fasting itself is like a reminder, it's something that's constantly they're inside of us. And Allah knows what is the most important thing to any of us. Many people showed up today. Why? Because we have food after

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right? We know that some kind of love whenever there's food people come and so a lot knows you cut off the food supply, people are going to think they're going to be conscious, they're going to be aware and that's an absolutely important aspect of understanding Allah subhanho wa Taala that he knows what we love the most fasting oh sorry food right.

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Hey, any other questions?

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Yes.

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Very true.

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Good the brother brings up a very valid point he says you know what throughout the day someone argues with you gets on your you know gets on your nerves you say in the saw him in you saw him I'm fasting. I don't want to argue with you. I'm fasting as soon as we break our fast Hey, brother, come on, let's go let's fight right? Or we sit down for a thought and it's like the world's biggest backbiting session.

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Everyone's sitting after marinade. You know, they had if thought broke their fast prayed marketed, had their biryani sitting down having their giant backbiting each other what what's going on? This is where some kind of law, the month of Ramadan is time sensitive. That's why there's so many things we need to do step after step after step. And so you don't have time. And the month of Ramadan, as we said is a time to focus on an individual basis. So not only do you focus on yourself, but you focus on increasing others around you, My children, they need to have individually by that time, my spouse, she needs to have individual everybody that time me I need to have individual everybody have

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time and we don't have time for collection. So we get together to eat and we leave right away. And that was the son of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah mentions in the Quran if you're invited by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, come eat and leave. Don't stay for longer than you are welcomed. Now that should be part of our lives. Now while we break our fast, I know the fasting the element of fasting is not there. So we're not thinking of a law, but we are because we know it's the month of Ramadan, we know that we need to go for Tada, we or we need to make it to the mustard for Aisha, which is a point that I forgot to mention, right? The aspect of sauna if there's

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one thing you do throughout this month of Ramadan

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and we said reading one page of the Quran or giving $1 of sadaqa a day. But if there's one thing that you know you are not fulfilling

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and that is

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praying your five daily prayers regularly, every day on time, make this month of Ramadan a month where you focus on only that. Try to focus on only that. Make sure that you pray your prayers on time. One of the biggest mistakes that we do during the Ramadan is that people miss awesome

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people miss sanata Lhasa they forget to pray also, because they go home from work, they go to sleep, and they wake up well it's time for install. What happened to us of Oh,

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I forgot to pray, right? No, make sure that we maintain our sauna. And if that's the thing that we can keep steady throughout the rest of the year and hamdulillah we achieved one of the greatest things because the first thing that Allah Subhana Allah will ask us when we stand in front of him on the Day of Judgment is sada. The very first thing is sought out. And so brothers and sisters, if

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We are not punctual with our prayers. Make this Ramadan be a month of prayer for you that you focus on the five daily prayers, you don't miss a single one from beginning to end. And you maintain that routine for the rest of the year in sha Allah. All right, any other questions? You have a question?

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just focusing all of your

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focus on that one month and try to get as much

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to do very good. Good question. The brothers saying that you know what, throughout the month of Ramadan, the club the agenda, the good deeds are multiplied. Right? So isn't it important for us to strive to get that multiplication of good deeds by doing so much extra deeds? Yes. But no, for the person who's missing out on the compulsory deeds that they're supposed to do so in the example of sauna that I just gave, what's the point of being that Chief, you know, the army commander, General General, General Delgado, we need to go over tarawih right, everyone's focusing on tarawih. Does anyone care that they're missing a shot that they're having a thought and you know, tea and sweets

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and oh, we need to go for Tada, we because we can't miss to it aka otherwise we would not have completed the Quran. So people's goal is the Quran focusing on completing the Quran, disregarding the actual compulsory prayer of Asia. So for the person that's missing out on compulsory elements of the deen, then they should be striving on that to fulfill it. For people that are fulfilling that already, then do a little bit extra look. exerting yourself is good, but there's a time and a place to exert yourself. The month of Ramadan is that time in place, but it's broken down into different parts as well. The last part is important. you strive really hard during the last part, the first 20

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nights you strive hard as well, but you build the routine through those 20 nights, then the last 10 nights becomes a lot easier. And you can push yourself more because you know you know we're at the end it's not not a big deal. If I'm tired, I'm tired, I'll sleep after eat right? So build that routine with yourself. And you'll see that subpanel out Ramadan becomes a lot easier and you'll be able to give so much more because Allah will put barakah in your energy. He'll put barakah in your time. And that Baraka itself will multiply throughout Ramadan and after Ramadan as well. So yes, the agenda is multiplied no doubt, but we need to focus on who we are. Am I just someone who's worried

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about missing tuukka Tada we or am I someone who's concerned about my Sana Aisha in the masjid with Jamaica, in Ramadan, and after Ramadan as well. We gotta ask ourselves, that's absolutely important. You'll notice as well simple thing at fudge. fudge during Ramadan, loads of people fudge on the day read nobody. fudge of two days after eat nobody. What happened? What happened? We strive really hard for the job. And for 11 months we leave it off. There's 30 days during Ramadan. There's 11 months after Ramadan, those 11 months we disregard because of 30 days. No, we need to find that balance. Okay. Any other questions? Yes. one two and then we'll conclude the show.

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Very good during Ramadan, what can we do to control our temper? You first of all, don't get involved in many conversations with other people try to try to remain on your own and busy yourself with the remembrance of Allah. So do earthcam do so far lots of stuff out walk around go to school just walking around whispering to yourself stuck at a loss.

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You will see that Allah subhana wa tada will calm you down. Okay. Yes.

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pregnancy. Okay, good question. Is it recommended to fast during pregnancy, it's completely up to the story completely up to the individual, okay, up to the person. If she feels she is capable of fasting, she can fast if she feels is too difficult upon her. She doesn't have to fast after Ramadan is over. She makes up those facets later on. She has to make them up, whether it's you know, a day every two weeks until you know, she finishes whatever she feels comfortable with. And you know, Allah Subhana Allah doesn't hold that against a person also a person who's traveling a person who's sick, they don't have to fast throughout the month of Ramadan for the time that they are fasting.

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Sorry, the time that they're traveling at a time that they're sick, but they still have to make up those days later on. If they cannot make up those days later on then they have to feed someone but a pregnant person should be able to make up those fasts at the end or after

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Ramadan is over throughout the next 11 months.

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Same thing, same thing, pregnant or nursing, same ruling. Yes.

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Hey, yes.

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Yes, advice for kids who have exams during Ramadan fast and do your exams.

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Advice for them exactly what we said before a law will put Baraka in your time. That's the first thing. Secondly, parents should not overburden their children with doing the things that the parents want to do. While the children have responsibilities themselves. Parents have responsibilities. The child's responsibility is what schooling that's their time. This is their phase in life. They have to do their schooling. If that child needs to study, let them study instead of going for Tada, we're serious. Make sure they pray a shot. So make it a point that you you as the Father brings them to the masjid you pray Orisha and you bring them back. And they get to study or make sure that whatever

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their routine is, they're fulfilling their studies. Our teachers we were studying in Medina in the city of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam where you know the Salah itself is multiplied huge immensely multiplied right praying inside must have been multiplied by how much test you

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know 1000 very good for every Sunnah is multiplied by 1000

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praying inside of mustard, the nub we, tada we do Malaya, compulsory prayers, etc. Our teachers would tell us and these are teachers in musty the nobley itself they would tell us listen if you're a student, come for Salah, pray what you can that's easy for you go back and study don't if you feel that you can't fulfill the 25 go back and study because your moment now is to do your ibadah on an individual basis. This is your time you have to fulfill this now and you have a responsibility later on to help the rest of society with the education you're gaining now and when you're working like mom and dad when they're working they can go for tada we they can go and read Joseph Anna day they

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have that time and ability to do that even though they have other responsibilities. But the child who's the student might not be able to do that. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is just and gives us you know some handler remember in the middle Airmen who've been yet actions are but by their intentions, the child might intend to, you know, Baba, I want to go for taraweeh but I need to study how can I do this exam season is right in the middle of Ramadan study. Allah knows your intention. Allah will give you the agenda of your intention, not only print out our week, he will give you the agenda of your intention to go to the masjid to pray because you intended to do that as well to pray in the

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congregation also. Alright, so make that a point as parents understand your children's struggles as well and their responsibilities. One last thing that I want to point out with regards to prayer, where's brother magic? He said he had to announce a few things. Oh, okay. Give me one minute inshallah. One minutes usually Pakistani time 10 minutes. Right. Does that clarify. So?

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One thing that I wanted to point out

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now, it just slipped my mind.

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Yes, a lot of people think

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that going for taraweeh. And praying it in congregation is more rewarding than praying it individually. And that can be it can be I'm not saying it is it can be completely wrong.

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Let me explain. Okay, some people think that going for Tada. We in the mustard is more rewarding than a person praying it on their own. And that can be completely wrong, why?

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A person can go and pray taraweeh Now I'm not saying stay home now. And don't come to the masjid. No, not at all. Do whatever you feel is best and easiest and most comfortable for you. But a person can go for a week. And while they're praying they're just

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right. And the person next to them is like nudging them to wake them up. And then the the person who's sleeping is like they put their head on their shoulder and they go to sleep on the person next to them right and a lot taraweeh itself is something that you do with who sure just like Salah you pray it with devotion with concentration to Allah subhanho wa Taala some people are not concentrating in their in their title we it may be that it's better for you to pray your title. We are your dm on your own

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Because you are reciting the Quran yourself and remember it's not are we you can recite it by looking at the Quran. You can open the Quran and recite it it's not a compulsory prayer you can recite from the Quran. Now I'm not saying this in order to abolish tarawih in congregation No, not at all. But what I'm saying is from the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is that a person takes initiative in their own ibadah that you take initiative. So throughout Tada, we, if you want to, let's say maintain that regular Knights prayer for the next 11 months after you finish your eight Seneca or your 20 that guy in the masjid go home and pray you're out on your own. An extra two

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don't think oh, we have to pray 20 the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam pray 20 and we can't pray 22 No, you can.

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In some narrations of profits in the long run, even send them prayed over 30 in other narrations over 60 right? In some countries actually do that you go to Morocco, they don't stop at 20 they keep going. So Subhana Allah, you can pray that extra tuukka on your own with your own concentration and devotion. If a person feels tired, you know what, I'm tired. I don't want to go to the masjid if I go to the mustard. I'm just going to be falling asleep. So go for a shot. Come home with your family. Pray to God for it. Okay, whatever you're capable of doing. Pray with your children, pray it with your spouse so that you feel that family connection. And in sha Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala

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will give you the job of your intention as well. Yes.

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10 Raka differences to

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eight or 10 or eight of 20

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Well, what about 20?

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I think the people who do 10 they only do 10 because the parking lot is a big rush to leave anyways. Right? So everyone who leaves after eight, there's so much traffic going out. They say you know what? We may as well stay pray tomorrow. And then the traffic will be see people are nodding say yeah, see? The Imam always knows right? No. So the difference here is sometimes the prophets Allah Allah who a Salaam would pray a Takara we have narrations where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would pray more different numbers many more. Okay. Now the point in that is that the person should give to a law, what they're capable of giving. If I feel that tonight, I can only do four

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leaves after four. Why? Because if you're walking out and your friends see you and they say buy your hardware vendor, you're going up. January 20, Raka, we have to pay 20. Right? You can't leave after eight. So you turn around and come back in because not because your friends are encouraging you. You come back in because your friends are watching you or your family is gonna say oh about Oh, look at him. He's so lazy, right? So because you're worried about what other people are gonna say about you, you pray those extra aka, be careful. Because that is actually a sign of a person doing something to please the people and not to please Allah as dangerous. That is really, really dangerous. That is

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known as the Ria, that's showing off that I'm doing this only for the people for the intention of the people. Or sorry, the attention of the people. And Allah subhanho wa Taala wants us to do everything for the sake of pleasing Allah Subhana Allah to add, we're going to need to stop there, but their magic told me to stop 15 minutes ago, 10 minutes ago. Sorry. Is that good? Okay, they're just going to announce a few things with regards to Ramadan. So please pay attention.

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Oh, yes, I forgot to announce a panel.

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Can they get this now?

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After Okay, after after a show. Okay, good.

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As usual, Hamdulillah, Aigner puts together this beautiful gift, it's an Amazon gift that you can purchase to give to your neighbors to give to your colleagues or co workers etc. Inside the box, it's not open and it looks nice. I don't want to open it. But inside the box is usually a chocolate bar, some sort of chocolate bar, as well as a pamphlet, just you know, educating our neighbors, colleagues, friends about Ramadan, about Muslims about Islam, and some of the things that we do. So this is usually a very good package this year. I didn't open it, but I'm sure it's the same as last year. It's a great gift to give to your friends and colleagues and neighbors. Encourage them to get

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to know who you are and what you do. Right. We live in Canada, the majority of us have neighbors that are non Muslim. You can pick these up right after a shot and shot a lot just outside here. The brothers and the sisters will be there as well to give them away they are $5 each, which I think is a great price to give to a gift as a neighbor, you probably have a neighbor to your right, a neighbor to your left, that's $10 100 and you will ask us come and ask me questions after Is it about this? No. Okay, ask me after inshallah. So that's with regards to that. With regards to the chocolates. I'll give them out to you as soon as we're done our halaqaat just remain patient.

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Also the masjid is doing this initiative. Right? The water bottle initiative. So are you going to announce about it or? Yeah, okay. So brother magic is going to announce about this pretty cool initiative is that Camillo haven was sent a lot of sentimental Vatican item, you know, Mohammed Juana and he was happy to send them